One to One Coaching

I offer free 30 minute telephone/Skype consultations for people wanting to find out more about coaching on the 'baby decision'. Email me at mailto:beth@ticktockcoaching.co.uk and assistant Laura will respond and arrange an appointment with you. Visit http://www.ticktockcoaching.co.uk/ for more information about my coaching services.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Not just the sperm donor...

Many women are choosing to have children on their own.  The role of the sperm donor has traditionally been an anonymous one.  Yet,  more and more woman are choosing to have a child through a co-parenting arrangement with a man.

There are many benefits to this... one of the things clients come to me with is the overwhelming worry about having a child on their own as a single parent.  And having the involvement of another adult can help to share the burden greatly.

In this article, Sperm Donor, Life Partner,  author interviews people who have become involved in these new co-parenting arrangements.

'For women in their thirties and forties, choosing someone to co-parent with can be a smarter decision than trying to find a mate because it takes the pressure off to marry or reproduce with someone you barely know.'

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

The limitations of fertility can be heartbreaking for those who do know they want to have children.  In this story, a young couple talk about their experience of fertility treatment.

 http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/jun/06/young-infertile-four-years-forty-negative-tests-ivf

I often get clients who come because are trying to make the decision whether the want to have children enough to go through all the difficulties of fertility treatment.  

Saturday, 6 June 2015

I'm thinking of having a baby on my own.

I regularly have women who are in the same situation as this reader writing into the advice column on the topic I'm thinking of having a baby on my own in the Guardian.  If you haven't meet the right person by age 35, then considering having a baby on your own is an option to consider.  But as this woman points out,  it is a difficult choice, particularly when faced with negative options of others.



Monday, 1 June 2015

Teaching teenagers about the limitations of fertility


I'm speaking this morning on BBC Radio Tees in response to calls for Sex Education to include information on fertility and the limitations of fertility

“We have been very effective at teaching teenagers how not to get pregnant,” Prof Geeta Nargund says. “Now, we need to start teaching them about fertility as well, so they can get pregnant when they choose to.”

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/may/15/sex-education-for-teenagers-should-include-fertility-says-doctor

Saturday, 30 May 2015

My mother didn't want to be a mom

Some of my clients who come to me say that behind their indecision is hearing negativity from their own mother.   This article looks at what it is like to be the child of someone who didn't want to be a mother.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Stigma and the decision to have children or not.

Sorry about the delay in writing on the blog.... I had been aiming to update the blog at least twice a week but things have been so busy lately - new coaching clients booking in from as far away as Australia and Germany that I have found that two weeks have gone by.

One of the difficult things for many of my clients is around the stigma still associated with the decision not to have children.

Here is a great article that recently appeared in Time Magazine I Don't Want to Have Children and That's OK 


Friday, 1 May 2015

While We're Young - a missed opportunity

I recently went to see the film While We're Young - which I enjoyed.  And yet, I agreed with this reviewer that it was a missed opportunity in their portrayal of the decision to be childfree.

http://www.salon.com/2015/04/30/youre_still_nothing_until_youre_a_mom_why_does_pop_culture_hate_the_child_free/


Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Testimonial


"Beth's gently probing and holistic style of coaching has proved especially valuable at a key stage of my career.  Her life experience and understanding of the many aspects that comprise a working woman's  life make her a great coach for those looking to flex their work/life balance. Her use of visual techniques I found very beneficial and has lasted to great effect in achieving certain goals."  ~ HJ, Career Coaching Client

I received this lovely testimonial from a client who I had worked with over five months - our main focus was on work/life balance and career.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Challenging assumptions - are you obligated to have children?

Here is a short blog post looking at the issue of the 'cultural obligation' around having children.  It's quite short but it has some excellent links to research into attitudes around having children and remaining childfree. 

http://m.pittnews.com/opinions/article_bb0cd566-dcbb-11e4-9025-6f11cb4df8b1.html?mode=jqm